Celebration of Life: 3.00 p.m., Sunday, August 23, 2015, Mara Community Hall
It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother and Great-Great Grandmother on Sunday August 16, 2015 at the age of 95. Irene was the beloved wife of Walter Wooldridge, pre-deceased by her siblings Bob, Luella, Ken, Allan, Don and Edna. She will be deeply missed and always remembered by daughters Mary (Edward), Joan (Edward) and Linda (D’Arcy), and sadly pre-deceased by daughter Joyce (Irvin). Irene was fortunate to have the pleasure of 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grand children, whom she loved dearly. Some grandchildren lovingly called her Grandma Moo-Moo.
She lived her whole life with great courage and determination despite many challenges. Born in Madoc, Ontario in 1920, Irene and her six siblings grew up on a farm and learned to work hard at an early age. Irene moved west from Ontario in 1947 to Kelowna and worked at Kelowna General Hospital as a cook for over 25 years. After “retiring”, Walter and Irene moved to the farm in Mara, where she enjoyed the farm life of raising cattle, pigs, chickens, dairy cows, growing corn and hay for the animals, and a huge garden for the family. Irene and Walter enjoyed their hobby farm and shared many happy times, hard work and a good lifestyle. Irene was also a hardworking businesswoman as she owned her own business, Irene’s Personal Shopping, acting as a personal shopper for residents and workers at Mica Dam while the dam was under construction.
Although she was not blessed with musical talents, she enjoyed all kinds of music, singing and dancing. She especially loved family gatherings and parties. She was well known for her great baking specialties of shortbread cookies and fruit pies.
Irene was one-of-a-kind, tough, strong willed, and she was the foundation of our family. She will be deeply missed by us all. We will try to carry on the values of selflessness and kindness she held and shared with us. She will be forever loved and missed daily.
Many thanks to the faithful caring network of caregivers at the Pleasant Valley Manor in Armstrong where she spent her last 3 years. Staff members provided personal care and comfort as well as friendship.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mara Community Hall.